BJP working president and former Union health minister JP Nadda on Saturday said that people should thank God for association with the "idealistic" BJP party, as it one of the few 'non-dynastic' parties in India.
Addressing a 90,000 strong gathering of BJP booth Presidents and elected representatives at a rally here today, Nadda said that if someone becomes a member of the saffron brigade 'by choice, by accident, by circumstance or by ideology', then they must thank the almighty.
Speaking on the lines of the controversial amendment of the Citizenship Act that has sparked nationwide protests, Nadda accused the Congress of spreading misinformation about the Bill-turned-Act.
Refuting that Aadhars and other documents will be demanded by the BJP from existing citizens, Nadda slammed that this is "ignorance" about CAA. "We are giving citizenship and not taking away someone’s citizenship,” contended Nadda.
Nadda further said that the CAA is an opportunity to those people, already settled in India, to live with dignity.
Batting for the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, Nadda said that the non-Muslims have been suffering in neighboring countries, Nadda cited the example of Bangladesh, where the percentage of Hindus has been reduced from 23% during independence, to 3% now.
Nadda also said that while there were once 50,000 Sikhs in Afghanistan, now they number only 2000.
Further justifying the 'CAA', the veteran leader said that Mahatma Gandhi had once said that persecuted minorities would be granted citizenship in India during the partition.
It may be mentioned here that the amended citizenship law seeks to grant citizenship to minorities from three neighbouring countries (Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan) who arrived in India by December 31, 2014, due to religious persecution.
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